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When you have accomplishing your goal it’s time to set a new one. I have just received my DTM, my Distinguished Toastmasters Award. Dave Sheffield, “The Shef”, motivational speaker, author, and Coach says, it’s “Freshly minted”.

A DTM is the highest award in the speaking and leadership organization Toastmasters. To my mind a DTM is like a Ph.D. in public speaking, communication, and leadership skills. I completed it in less than 3 years.

How did I do it?  I set a goal date for each course or set of projects. For your goal dates choose a date that is important to you like your birthday, your parent’s birthdays, your wedding anniversary, your parent’s wedding anniversary, your children’s birthdays, friend’s birthdays or sibling’s birthdays. Whatever dates you choose make sure it’s a date that is special to you!

For the first 10 speaking projects in the Toastmasters “Competent Communicator Manual” and the 10 leadership projects in the “Competent Leadership Manual”, I set my birthday, November 24th as my goal date.  Having completed that goal and date, I set out to finish the next 10 speaking projects, for the  “Advanced Communicator Bronze” and the “Advanced Leader Bronze” by my Mother’s birthday, May 28th.

By choosing dates that are important to you, you will finish and accomplish your goals. As I finished each goal I had already set up the next goal date.

So what are the three steps to accomplishing your new goals?

1)   Write down what your new goal is and the date you want to complete it.  Remember to visualize accomplishing this goal. For each step of your goal write down the date you will complete it and stick to that date. Place it where you can see the goal and the date every day so you can focus on it!  Make it apart of your daily “Agenda”.

2)   Write down your obstacles that you will have to overcome to reach your goal.  Every obstacle is a problem, which means it’s an “opportunity” to grow, learn, and change.

3)   Write down your “plan of action” and the “time limit” for each phase of your plan with your goal date for completing each section of your goal.

Remember to keep your goals and dates in front of you where you can see them everyday. My new goal is to work for a second DTM. What’s your goal and what date do you plan to complete it? Don’t get sidetracked. You can do it!

Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM  is an Best Selling Author, sought after speaker, business owner, teacher, researcher, and concert artist. She helps businesses and organizations “Tune Up their Businesses”. Her innovative observations show you the blue prints necessary to improve and keep your businesses successful. She writes a monthly newsletter “Madeline’s Monthly Article & Musical Tips” and a monthly radio show “Madeline’s One Minute Musical Radio Show”. She has just published her new book “Leadership On A Shoestring Budget”.

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